It is a well-known and widely accepted fact that, during wartime, news companies and governmental representatives fuse their voices together into one univocal beam of support for the national military objective. And, while, for many, this is a vital aspect of institutional patriotism, it is also a very dangerous and troubling reality. For, if the news media have abandoned their responsibility to objectively inform the population, then our concept of a democracy (which is founded on the ability for all citizens to choose their nation's destiny based on a full spectrum of information) is in desperate peril.
So, in the face of our media's shameless propaganda campaign, we have taken it upon ourselves to intuit what the intentions and goals of this war truly are. In what is surely a departure from our traditional NewsVideo format, GNN presents S-11 Redux: (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse. Culled from over 20 hours of television footage recorded over a one month period and across 13 networks, S-11 Redux is a sound-bite blitzkrieg that challenges the messages we have been fed from our mainstream media and the government it serves. Be warned - this video moves quickly and will require at least two viewings to digest its full impact. You may never be able to look at S-11 and its post-impact coverage the same way, ever again.
August 10, 2005 Subject:
First two thirds is great, Shame about the ending.
I really enjoyed this film as it really embodied the frenzied, repetitive, contradictory, ephemeral nature of TV news and the curious juxtaposition of competing points of view and the demands they ask of the viewer. The first half does this extremely well and is very effective and funny in doing it - it is very much easy to 'get'.
My only criticism is the the last third where the whole film slows down and we are somehow 'told' what to think, what it was all about, how we should interpret what we've seen. I wanted to walk away feeling slightly shaken and roughed up and instead I get a 'moral of this story' explained to me from adult to child. Highly irritating, but still download it to see the first 2 thirds.
June 9, 2005 Subject:
yes ........keep your eyes and mind open
well done reminded me of jason archer and paul beck's anti bush animation with the hillbilly sound track and all. thank you guys for putting this little thing together . I wish more folks would seek this type of truth out. Digitaldna23
June 30, 2004 Subject:
Art meets reality
Timecheck:8.30pm 30 June 2004. Watching a doco on Al-Qaeda on television, having just watched this little gem....we really have been shafted. Keep up the good work guys...an alternative point of view is the only thing that saves us from the path that blinds.
May 29, 2004 Subject:
GNN brings the pain biotch.
Once again, GNN delivers another great piece of video and investigative work.